Newman’s debut goal earns first away league win

Man of the match Neal Spafford
Man of the match Neal Spafford

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South - Daventry Town 0 Spalding United 1

Jake Newman struck 28 minutes into his debut for Spalding United’s first away league win of the season.

But the Tulips needed a last-gasp save by Michael Duggan to keep all three points after wasting a series of chances to extend their advantage.

Spalding got what they deserved overall for a good performance with central defenders Neal Spafford and Nathan Stainfield producing superb displays.

The winner came after Daventry Town failed to clear the danger, despite a hat-trick of efforts being blocked on the line. Dan Banister finally laid a pass for Newman to fire home.

Josh Moreman missed the first opportunity of the game and Nialle Rodney was also unable to hit the target.

At the other end, Daventry captain Jason Lee’s low shot was kept out by Duggan.

New signings David Bell and Newman both had strong penalty appeals rejected.

Spafford and Newman had further chances before substitute Tom Waumsley failed to convert from a good position.

Tulips boss Pat Rayment reflected: “We should have won more convincingly as the 1-0 scoreline totally flattered them.

“We nearly left ourselves wide open to dropping two more points at the end but Duggan made a top-class save.

“The referee added on six minutes when there were no injuries and we had blatant penalties turned down.

“You could certainly see why Newman scores goals because he works hard and gets into the right areas.

“By his own admission he should have had a couple of goals but at least he was in the right place.

“I think Bell is the best player in the league. He will bring that calibre.”

Spalding: Duggan, Watson, Jackson, Spafford, Stainfield, Murphy, Banister, Bell, Newman (sub Frew 82 mins), Rodney (sub Waumsley 73 mins), Moreman (sub Griffiths 80 mins). Subs not used: Lawlor, Walker.